Life Waxahachie did not win a football game until week three last season. The Mustangs did not break the 40-point plateau until late October.
They did both in a season-opening win at home against Ferris on Friday night. Life Waxahachie running back SirMichael Veasley scored twice late in the second half to put the game away for the Mustangs, 46-31.
Veasley finished the victory with 133 rushings yards on six carries and two touchdowns. He picked up 92 of those yards on a touchdown run with 8:54 to play in the third quarter that put Life Waxahachie up 39-19.
But it was Logan Blake who led the Mustang rushing attack on a night when the offensive unit amassed 482 total yards and 430 yards on 53 carries.
Blake carried the football 18 times for 151 yards and touchdowns of 46 (1:51 2Q) and 13 yards (10:22 3Q).
Mustang quarterback Gage Mayfield accounted for 96 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown, and also completed 2-of-his-6 passes for 50 yards with one touchdown — a 20-yard completion to J'lon Sanders to pull the Mustangs within one point midway through the first quarter, 8-7.
The Ferris offense also had its share of success moving the football.
Quarterback Kobe Lankford completed 8-of-his-18 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns with Matthew Nunez on the receiving end of six of those passes for 226 yards and all four scores.
Nunez scored on touchdown passes of 75, 42, 40 and 50 yards. The last two came at the 11:06 and 8:34 marks of the fourth quarter to pull the Yellow Jackets within a single score, 39-31, before Veasley capped the scoring with his 10-yard run for the Mustangs.
Damian Edwards led the Yellow Jackets on the ground with 19 carries for 87 yards. Last season, the now-senior tailback ran for 1,882 yards and 20 touchdowns on 211 carries.
Ferris returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Fort Worth Benbrook, which played its first varsity season last year. Life Waxahachie plays host to Crowley Nazarene Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.